My top ten reads of 2019

Lamentably, in 2019 the world came to a grinding halt, in the most part because I didn’t share the revelatory details of my reading activities in 2018. Disastrous climate change, despicable political upheavals, all this and more, with my poor self justifiably to blame.

Far be it from me to risk calamity on such a scale again, but happily I read some really good books in 2019, so we should assume 2020 is going to rock! And here’s why…
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Six Story Reviews: The Hugo Short Stories, 2018

Someone (naming no names) was pestering me to review this year’s Hugo short story nominations before the (inevitable?) winner is selected (at the end of this month), but I kept distracting myself from it, even after someone else (naming Sue Burke) did a rather good job of reviewing them too (only with somewhat divergent opinions of the contenders), so now (to cut a potentially even longer sentence short) I’m finally getting around to doing it too. Continue reading

TCT’s Hollywood Interview #28

…with Alice Fitzgerald

The Cartesian Theatre now welcomes guests from around the worldosphere, with an invitation to tell us all about themselves – in 25 words or less. Okay, okay, it’s not as bad as all that: they get 25 words per answer. They can wax lyrical if they want, but beware: I edit with an axe…

This week, let’s give a big hand to Alice Fitzgerald, freshly-minted first-time novelist and the fifth person from Madrid’s thriving English-language literary scene to pop in here–they’ll be accusing me of bias next

Hi, Alice, tell us “all” about yourself.

A Londoner born to Irish parents who lives in Madrid. Also, a writer, mother, wife, friend, sister and daughter. Also not really called Alice Fitzgerald!

What is the most inspirational thing you’ve ever read – and why?

“The Long Gaze Back”, edited by Sinéad Gleeson. I’m reading it right now and it’s just so inspiring, reading all these short stories by great Irish women.

What was your first published work?

A short story called Twenty-Two Years Late, in Litro Magazine. Published while I was still going by my given name, Miriam Foley.

What is the best thing you’ve never had published?

Hmmm. I have lots of poetry that I write and have on my computer. I’d love people to read it one day.

What are you most proud of – in your life, not just your writing?

My husband would say my bravery. I would say my daughter.

Tell us about your latest work – novel, short story, shopping list, whatever.

Her Mother’s Daughter–an emotional rollercoaster, told by a mother and daughter, set in London and Ireland. It’s about our not being able to escape—

What an appropriate point at which to run out of words…

Pitch us your unwritten masterpiece – you’re in the Hollywood elevator now…

What if a woman living in America returns to Ireland to tell her parents she is engaged, and never goes back?

If only one person was to ever read your work – who would you want it to be?

Edna O’Brien, because I love her and her books. I sent her my novel but she didn’t reply…

What are your plans for the future – all of it?

To be happy.

Nice to know what you want–good luck!

If you want more about “Alice Fitzgerald” you can follow her on Twitter, and you can buy Her Mother’s Daughter (which is a rather moving read, btw) from, well, guess where. Maybe she’ll come back again one day, more under relaxed circumstances…

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